Yay, the day is finally here!
Welcome! Today we are starting out on a 31 day journey to a stronger prayer life and I’m really excited about it! 😀
If you are barely joining us, you can read my introductory post here! Before we begin, I just want to say a few things!
- You are all more than welcome to share your thoughts in the comment section below and although we may not know each other, I would love to build a strong community of fellowship with you all! We can really strengthen and encourage each other!
- I also challenge each of you to spend a few minutes each day, away from all the chaos and spend some deep quality time in prayer. Pray for strength so that we can stay strong against the enemy, pray for all the others that are joining us on this journey and any other prayer requests we might have. Remember, the goal of this challenge is to grow closer to our Lord. So now without further ado….LET’S BEGIN!
Scripture Reading: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
You know, I have the issue that when the second things don’t go well or I can;t keep up to my own “perfect” standard, I become discouraged and give up. I stop praying. I believe ,though, that these verses clearly tell us otherwise.
rejoice always. hmm…. that’s a hard one. But that’s what God asks us to do. And not just when things are going well. I need to learn to rejoice even when I don’t feel joyous. because in Christ Jesus, there is always something to rejoice for.
feel or show great joy or delight
pray without ceasing. Whoa! this is a difficult one for me. During my teenage years and into my early adulthood, I didn’t do much praying. I still struggle with prayer. I often don’t know what to say or how to pray. Especially when I feel like I’ve fallen way short of God’s expectations and my own as well. But I’ve got that all backwards. The only way I’ll ever come close to fulfilling either of those is with our Father’s help. And how do I do that? You guessed it. Prayer. Prayer without ceasing. No matter if you don’t feel worthy or if it seems you aren’t getting any answers. Continue to pray!
in everything give thanks. Wow there is a lot in these couple of verses. Give thanks? In everything?? yep that’s right. If your plans get ruined. Give thanks. if your paycheck wasn’t what you had hoped. Give thanks. When your exhausted at day’s end. Give thanks.
Why, you ask? The reason is actually pretty simple. And it’s found at the very end of our scripture reading.
for this the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. It may not make sense, trust me it doesn’t make sense to me a lot of the time. But God’s planning is perfect. And His will for us is to rejoice, pray without ceasing and give thanks. He will bless with a peace no earthly happiness can give.
“Father, you know my heart and the struggle I’ve been having with prayer. Will you help me find it within me to rejoice more, even when I don’t “feel” like it? Help me to stay strong in prayer and never cease even when Satan tries to hinder me. And Lord give me a thankful heart. Oh Lord you are oh so full of grace, thank you for being patient with me and giving me yet another chance. May I learn to praise your Great and Holy Name always! In Jesus’ name. Amen”
God is so good. He will not forsake us, nor leave us. When it feels we can no longer feel or hear His presence, let’s take a look at ourselves and evaluate how far we’ve walked from Him. Not the other way around.